Radiologists sound alarm over draft legislation in France

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France's union of private radiologists, Fédération nationale des médecins radiologues (FNMR), has voiced concern at the most recent draft law on the financing of social security for 2023.

According to the FNMR, article 26 in the draft text gives the director general of France's National Medical Insurance Fund Union (Union Nationale des Caisses d'Assurance Maladie, UNCAM) sole power to impose cost studies borne by CT, MRI, and PET operators.

In the statement released on 29 September, the FNMR pointed out that in 2007, the health insurance representative unions agreed to study all medical imaging costs, all techniques included, for the best care of patients, in amendment 23 to the 2005 medical agreement. This action was then not implemented.

The FNMR demands the removal of article 26 so that cost studies can be jointly piloted by the National Medical Insurance Fund (Caisse Nationale d'Assurance Maladie, CNAM) and the FNMR. In addition, the FNMR repeated its call for the repeal of Article 99 of the 2017 social security financing law, which gives even more power to the CNAM's director general to unilaterally modify tariffs for MRI and PET according to the results of the audits.

The FNMR noted that on the eve of "Pink October," the month dedicated to breast cancer screening awareness, the government was sending "a very bad signal," which discouraged associative and entrepreneurial initiatives, as well as collective awareness: Cancers and other pathologies that are not screened due to lack of resources will result in medical expenses and a budgetary burden that penalizes patient care, the union stated. It further called on the CNAM to choose between authoritarianism and partnership.

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